Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

¡Justicia Now! One People'€™s Fight Against Big Oil

April 19th, 2012
5:00 PM

Location
Hotel Kenner New Orleans Airport
Laketown Room
4535 Williams Boulevard
Kenner, LA 70065

Tulane University‘€™s Stone Center for Latin American Studies presents this special film screening and curriculum workshop in collaboration with the Training Global Teachers for Global Classrooms conference April 19-20, 2012.

Reception to follow.

For more information on the film screening please call 504.862.3143 or email dwolteri@tulane.edu

To register for the two day conference, visit: http://fs19.formsite.com/mhodges3/form18/index.html.

As part of the grades 6-12 Curriculum Writing Project sponsored by the Latin American Resource Center (LARC), the Stone Center presents a dynamic, two-part curriculum based on the documentary ¡Justicia Now!, winner of the Grand Jury Best of the Festival prize at Tulane’s Biennial Latin American Environmental Media Festival. ¡Justicia Now! brings to light Chevron Texaco’s toxic legacy in the Northern Ecuadorian region of the Amazon rainforest and a courageous group of people called “Los Afectados” (“The Affected Ones”), who seek justice for the ensuing cancer, sickness and death in the largest environmental class action lawsuit in history.

Curriculum writers for this project, Rachel Carrico and Nicole Means will share their curriculum from the inside out and lessons learned in the classroom. The curriculum uses the film as the foundation of the unit. Students will learn about the implications of current and future oil drilling in vulnerable places like Ecuador and the Louisiana Gulf South; create important connections from our local community to our international community; imagine how our lives would change with the sudden loss of all oil; and utilize writing, collaboration (and possibly media) skills to develop a futuristic newscast which investigates a fictional scenario: the sudden end of all crude oil available for drilling on earth.

We would like to thank filmmakers Robbie Proctor and Martin O‘€™Brien of MoFilms for sharing their films to the community for free download at and for collaborating with us on this project inspiring many to care about our environment and to learn how to fight for social and human rights around the world. They came to receive their award at the 20th Annual New Orleans Film Festival in October of 2009.

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